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Raiders bury Tech, 9-1

Franklin Tech catcher Tim Momaney (12) blocks home plate as Commerce baserunner Carlos Marrero (45) slides in safely when Momaney was unable to maintain control of the ball in the top of the third inning. The host Eagles lost their Tri-County League baseball game, 9-1, in Turners Falls Monday.
Recorder/J. Anthony Roberts

Franklin Tech catcher Tim Momaney (12) blocks home plate as Commerce baserunner Carlos Marrero (45) slides in safely when Momaney was unable to maintain control of the ball in the top of the third inning. The host Eagles lost their Tri-County League baseball game, 9-1, in Turners Falls Monday. Recorder/J. Anthony Roberts

High School of Commerce scored nine runs in the first three innings and defeated Franklin County Technical School, 9-1, in a Tri-County League baseball game Monday afternoon in Turners Falls.

Felix Delgado finished with three hits and one RBI for the visiting Raiders, while Geovanny Rodriguez and Luis Alvarado each had two hits, including a double.

Senior Cooper Grace went 3-for-3 with a stolen base in his final game for the Eagles, who finished 8-12 and narrowly missed the postseason. Second-year coach Brian Winslow said he was pleased with the team’s progress after winning just four games last spring.

“I really look forward to moving forward with this program,” Winslow said. “We are only losing three seniors, and while they are a big part of this program, to only lose three players, the future is bright.”

Senior Ethan Wickline suffered the loss, striking out four and walking three in four innings. Mitch Mailloux struck out three and walked two in three innings of relief. Alec Milton and Mason Dow each had one hit in the loss.

Turners Falls 5, Hopkins 3 — After a rough stretch for much of the second half of the season, the Turners Falls High School baseball team may be playing its best ball of the season at the opportune time.

The Indians closed out the season on a two-game winning streak after earning a 5-3 Hampshire League West Division victory over Hopkins Academy in the season-finale Monday afternoon at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.

Turners Falls (9-11 overall) had been in danger of missing the tournament but managed to qualify under the 70-percent rule because it went 4-1 against Division IV teams. Indian coach Jay Liimatainen said he hopes the late-season victories will spark his team into the postseason.

“I’m excited,” he began. “We played some good baseball at the beginning of the year and the kids are focused again. They are excited to be in the tournament, and the last three or four practices have been phenomenal. I think we are playing some good baseball at the right time.”

Nick York pitched six strong innings to earn the win, striking out two and walking two. Turners Falls staked the pitcher to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, then added two more runs in the third, one coming in on a Marcel Ortiz single, the other coming home on a York double. Ortiz added a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning to plate the final Indians run. Zach Demars doubled and scored in the win.

Evan Delaney finished with three hits and one RBI in the loss. Pat Michalak struck out three and walked five in five innings in the loss.

Both teams will compete in the WMass Division IV Tournament, and each will find out their fate in the postseason this evening when the seeds are announced at 5 at Northampton High School.

Easthampton 9, Pioneer 0 — Pioneer Valley Regional School wrapped up a tough season with a 9-0 loss to Easthampton High School Monday night in Northfield.

Zach Lewis finished with three hits, including two doubles and three RBIs for the Eagles, while Erik Fickett had a single, double and two RBIs.

The Panthers finished the season 2-18 and have dealt with young players and multiple injuries, especially the loss of its top two pitchers. First-year coach Dan Abrahamson said he believes the year of experience should result in brighter days moving forward.

“We played some really close games in the first half of the year,” he began. “Unfortunately, we lost Jake Hale (illness) and Jake Hubbard was dealing with arm issues that last few weeks. We had some guys step up and pitch and play really well. There is definitely promise for the next few years and a lot of freshmen and sophomores getting experience this year should help us. Hopefully, we will come in with a winning attitude next year and play well.”

Hubbard, Zach Lambert, Lennon Robichaud and Roger Doiron each had one hit for Pioneer. Matt Faulkner suffered the loss, striking out one, while Blake Bashaw struck out one in relief.

Softball

Turners Falls 6, Taconic 2 — It wasn’t exactly the performance Turners Falls softball coach Gary Mullins was looking for following his team’s 4-0 loss to Hampshire Regional High School on Sunday night, but the Indians closed out the regular season with a 6-2 independent victory over Taconic High School Monday afternoon at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.

The Indians completed a string of three independent games in three days and the three games were among the toughest three teams the Indians have faced all season. The result was not a perfect game by Mullins’ standards, but he was happy with how his team competed.

“We were tired and we played that way,” he said. “I can say that they fought through it and I’m happy about that.”

The Indians scored four times in the second inning to stake starter Mackenzie Phillips with a lead. Phillips finished with eight strikeouts and three walks in 4 2/ 3 innings, but left the game with a sore arm. Jordyn Fisk came in and finished things up, allowing two runs (one earned) in the seventh, but holding on for the win.

Jenna Putala paced the offense with three hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Gabby Arzuaga and Mackenzie Salls each had one hit and one RBI, and Amber Caouette added a pair of hits.

The Indians (18-2) will find out their seed in the WMass Division III Softball tournament when the baseball and softball seeds are announced today at 5 at Northampton High School.

Girls’ tennis

Turners Falls 4, Mohawk 1 — Jade Linscott defeated Mary Monohon in the match of the day at third singles and Turners Falls defeated Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 4-1, in a Tri-County League North Division girls’ tennis match Monday in Buckland.

The Warriors (0-13, 0-8) were very young and inexperienced this season but coach Christian Austin said the team has come a long way and it showed in the season-finale Monday, when No. 1 player Nelly O’Connell won, and No. 2 and No. 3 singles players Lilly Seaver and Monohon each had perhaps their best matches of the season.

The match of the day was at No. 3, where Monohon won the first set 6-3 before Linscott came back to win the second set in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-2) and then won the third set 6-3.

Alysha Wozniak won at No. 2 singles for Turners Falls (6-8, 3-5) with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Seaver. The Indians also swept the doubles matches on the day. Melanie Howard and Kortney Thurber knocked off Olivia Girard and Kylee Cole, 6-1, 6-1, at first doubles, and Kaili Lynch and Felicia Craver bested Sarah Malone and Amber Barbeau, 6-0, 6-2, at second doubles.

O’Connell picked up the lone point for the Warriors with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Kelly Rehorka at No. 1 singles.

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